Members Meeting 2018
The next members meeting is planned for 2pm on Tuesday 16th October 2018 at Springwell Gardens Community Centre. Reserve your place here.
The meeting was opened by Jane Davies, Strategic Housing and Development Manager at RMBC. Both Jane and Lilian Shears the chair of the meeting thanked Pat Cahill for all his work leading the work of the Federation during the last few years. As Chair, Pat has implemented major improvements to the charity ensuring it has become more professional in the way its charitable services have been delivered.
The Annual Accounts were presented by the Treasurer Val Baldwin and unanimously approved by members. Members also unanimously agreed the election of Antony Ball as the Examiner of Accounts for the next year. Terry Adair (Rother Valley West), David Ramsden (Wentworth Valley) and Mary Jacques were re-appointed to the Board and Pete Deveaux was also appointed as a new co-opted member.
The afternoon included a number of workshops on the theme of ‘strengthening communities’. Workshop 1 used photos to look at ways we can listen to our communities, the second workshop used forum theatre to explore the power of door knocking, the third workshop discussed ways the Federation can support groups and the final Workshop, Creative Communities, demonstrated the difference community arts can make.
The Easter raffle was won by Tony Simmonds the £100 proceeds from which will go to the Mayor’s Charities.
Steve Ruffle Chief Executive said “Rotherham Federation liked to thank everyone for their support during the past year, board, staff, funders but most of all our members and volunteers who are out there doing what they can within our local communities “
General Meeting 2018
Report from this meeting on 26th January 2018 on the future of social housing here.
The Rotherham Federation Staff Awards were presented at the RMBC Tenant Conference on Wednesday 5th July 2017 at New York Stadium. A lot of nominations were received reflecting some of the excellent work undertaken by Housing Staff at RMBC and housing repairs contractors Mears and Fortem. All the awards were nominated by Rotherham Council tenants and presented by the Mayor, Cllr Eve Rose.
Angela Hammond, Melanie Applegate and Mark Brooks Green
Pat Cahill Chair of Rotherham Federation, presented the awards to Mears staff who had undertaken that extra. The winning individual was Stephen McKenna. Stephen was nominated by Kathleen Strothard who has now sadly passed away. Her husband wrote that Stephen helped improve her quality of life with considerate and courteous workmanship.
The winning team at Mears was Daniel Gawthorpe and Lee Naylor. They were nominated by Mr.L.Eaton.
Lilian Shears, the Vice Chair of Rotherham Federation presented the Fortem Housing Staff Member of the Year 2017 Awards. The winning individual was John English. There were a number of nominations for John ,one of whom was Margaret Clarkson who wrote in her nomination “John did my annual gas service. He is so nice, has worked for the company a long time and every time he attends my property he is polite, sociable and a lovely lovely man”. A special award was presented to work experience student Emma Bartholomew who worked with John English and is now an apprentice at Fortem.
John English and Emma Bartholomew
The winning team at Fortem was Lee Parkin and Paul Beeley.
Lee Parkin and Paul Beeley
127 people attended the Annual General Meeting of Rotherham Federation of Communities (RotherFed) on Tuesday 30th March 2017 at Springwell Gardens Community Centre. Following presentations of the annual accounts, election of trustees and speeches from Cllr Dominic Beck, RMBC Cabinet Member for Housing and Tom Bell, Assistant Director of Housing and Neighbourhood Services, a number of people shared stories of some of the excellent work undertaken by community volunteers around the Borough. John Woodland from Woodlaithes Wombles was one such speaker who inspired people by the fantastic work done by local volunteer litter pickers with very few resources, just a passion to make their community a better place to live.
Two new small grants were launched at the meeting. Groups can apply for small Environmental Grants of up to £500 for small projects including litter picks, pocket parks, adopting a street, maintaining flower beds, litter picking and looking after community gardens. A second small Project Fund was also launched at the AGM. Rotherham groups can also apply for up to £500 for a specific community project, event or activity.
PC Chris Nicholson made a short speech about Operation Solar a new way to report hate crime for people who don’t want to make formal reports to the police. RotherFed is an agreed reporting centre for this scheme.
Lilian Shears, Vice Chair of RotherFed presented trophies to Madge Tyas and Pauline Davies for the volunteer work they have undertaken. Jennie Helliwell was presented with a trophy by Trustee Sue Fox for her volunteer work in Harley helping keep the village looking good. A number of people were presented with certificates for attending a Strengthening Communities course and the café volunteers were all given flowers.
A mini auction was held at the end of the meeting raising £249.27 for Rotherham Talking Newspapers, a local charity which provides newspapers for people who are blind, visually impaired, or unable to hold and read a newspaper for any reason.
Annual Review (9mb)
2016 Tenant Conference
Housing Staff Awards
7 housing staff were presented with housing awards at the Tenant conference on Tuesday 5th July 2016.
The winners were:
Azim Rasuli nominated by Michael Scothern
Nicola Hacking nominated by Pat Watson from Lings Monday Club
Danny Clarke nominated by an elderly tenant
Anthony Platt nominated by Aston TARA
Heather Newton nominated by Doreen Scothern
Chelsey Miller nominated by Doreen Scothern
Andy Lumb nominated by Dave Richmond
The awards were presented by the Mayor of Rotherham Cllr Lyndsay Pitchley.
2016 AGM A Success
140 people helped Rotherham Federation of Communities (RotherFed) celebrate its 10 year anniversary at its Annual General Meeting on the afternoon of Wednesday 30th March 2016 at Springwell Gardens Community Centre.
At the meeting, David Richmond , Assistant Director of Housing, Asset Management and Neighbourhood Services from RMBC announced RotherFed’s success in being awarded a contract to deliver Tenant Federation services to council tenants and TARAs for a minimum of 2 years. Steve Ruffle, Chief Executive Officer also announced RotherFed’s success in receiving lottery funding to support community organising in some of our poorest communities over the next 31 months.
A special award for RotherFed volunteer of the year was presented to Paul Greenway for his work supporting the Federation and the events it has held during 2015-16. Two new people were appointed to the Board of RotherFed trustees – Rozwana Begum and David Ramsden.
Paul Greenway with Certificate
A number of people who came to celebrate had also attended the first AGM in 2006. A special 10th anniversary cake was made and photos adorned the room of RotherFed events and activities during the last decade. An auction and a raffle held during the afternoon raised £303 for the Stroke Association, in memory of Cath Wright an active supporter of the Federation.
Roy, Lilian, David,Pat, David, Liz and Christine
Other groups who made short presentations about the excellent work they are doing in their communities included St James Community Association, Rotherham Heritage Association, Peregrin Way TARA , Rotherham Deaf Futures and High Nook TARA. Katie Whitehead and Leigh Gummer from a new group on the Swinton Fitzwilliam estate were presented with certificates for undertaking community group training. Asim Munir from RMBC also launched the new tenant involvement strategy describing the ways council tenants can become involved and influence housing services.
Leigh Gummer and Katie Whitehead
At the beginning of the meeting, Shafiq Hussain Deputy Chief Executive of Voluntary Action Rotherham(VAR) presented the PQASSO level one certificate to the Chair of RotherFed Pat Cahill. RotherFed is the first organisation in Rotherham to gain this nationally accepted award recognised by the Charity Commission which offers both users, funders and commissioners external verification of the quality and credibility of an organisation.
Chair Pat Cahill Presented PQASSO Certificate
Pat Cahill Chair of RotherFed said “ getting this award has been a lot of work and effort by both staff and trustees but we are now confident RotherFed has all the systems and processes documented and properly in place to be an effective charity strengthening communities in Rotherham”.
Members also voted unanimously for the charity to go online saving both money and the environment in the process. After a discussion from the floor, a resolution calling on ‘RotherFed to purchase 14 tablets for the use of the Charity from unrestricted funds’ was carried unanimously both on a card vote and a show of hands.
Pat Cahill, Chair of RotherFed said “not only does going online save us money for meetings on staff time, photocopying and postage bills it is also good for the environment”.
The afternoon finished with a game of bingo and some great entertainment from singer Stevie Moore.